Accused jailed for 'nasty and violent attack' in Llanelli
THE man behind a "nasty and violent" assault in Llanelli has been jailed for five years.
Philip Holborn, of John Street, in Llanelli, appeared in Swansea Crown Court on Thursday for sentencing after admitting an attack on Timothy Wayne Jones over the summer.
Holborn, 38, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the assault at a property on John Street on June 17.
The incident left Mr Jones, then aged 39, in hospital with serious head injuries.
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Andrea Lynette Townsend, 50, was also accused of the assault but the charges were dropped.
And no further action was taken against a 29-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and a 35-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
After the hearing, Dyfed-Powys Police Detective Inspector Gary Phillips said: "I welcome the sentence given to this offender.
"This was a nasty and violent crime which left the victim with some serious injuries.
"It also goes to demonstrate the commitment of our officers to ensure those who commit violent offences are brought to justice."
Outspoken Elli ward councillor John Jenkins also welcomed the length of the jail term.
He said: "It is good to see that decent sentences are finally being handed out to violent offenders.
"It only seems so severe because we've become used to soft sentences of late.
"Hopefully this is a change in the right direction — of crimes getting punished suitably."
Last November, Mr Jenkins was left with two black eyes after being assaulted in Waterloo Street, leading him to sound fears of "a new epidemic of violent lawlessness after dark" taking hold of the town.
"I would like to think that had the perpetrator been caught he would have had a stiff sentence," said the councillor
"Hopefully we are finally seeing a zero tolerance approach to violent crime in the town."